Coming into Saturday's game, Texas State felt it was about as prepared as it could be for Navy's triple option attack. Unfortunately, for the Bobcats, it was not enough as the Midshipmen ran their way to 35-21 victory over Texas State Saturday before 32,007 fans. It was the second largest attendance in school history.
"First off just let me say what a great crowd," head coach Dennis Franchione said. "It was super to see Bobcat Stadium like that and I wish we could have played a little better for them. Still, they made a big difference and it was exciting."
Penalties stalled a number of drives for the Bobcats, who finished the night with 11 penalties for 124 yards.
"Penalties hurt us," Franchione said. "We kind of shot ourselves in the foot offensively. It should've been a 21-10 game at halftime, 28-14, and as you guys heard me say this week you can't play these guys and miss opportunities."
On Texas State's second drive, the team had the ball inside the 2-yard line of Navy, before a facemask call pushed it back to the 17-yard line. On the next play, the Bobcats were called for holding and the sideline was then assessed 15 yards for a delay of game, making it 3rd and 39 from the Navy 42. Tyler Jones hit Jafus Gaines for 27 yards down the middle, but Jason Dann missed the ensuing field goal.
The Texas State offense tried to do its part, amassing 442 yards of total offense, including 231 through the air by quarterback Tyler Jones who also added a career-high 82 yards on the ground. Robert Lowe added 92 yards on the ground and a touchdown, giving him 12 for his career.
"We kept shooting ourselves in the foot," Jones said. "I thought we could have had a couple of scores in the first half that we took away with penalties. We just have to come back next week and regroup."
Navy scored on its first four possessions of the game, led by backup quarterback Tago Smith, playing in place of Keenan Reynolds who was out with an injury. Smith had 85 yards on the ground and 117 threw the air, account for four touchdowns. With Smith's dual threat abilities, the Midshipmen took a 28-7 lead into the locker room and didn't look back.
The Bobcats will be back in action next Saturday at 3:00 p.m., at Illinois. The game can be seen on ESPNews.